After heading back to jiu jitsu three times in the span of a week, I got broken. My hips were absolutely killing me. Husband has this AM/PM beginner yoga dvd and literally me just sitting cross legged was TOO PAINFUL. I eased into it, then experienced GREAT PAIN just changing which leg was on top/bottom. I normally experience hip pain, but it’s just a “whoa I’m sore.” This was much more excruciating. Husband suggested I call a doctor.
I waited an hour for the doctor, and when he came in and saw me, I described the pain as FRAKKING AWFUL, like BONES GRINDING ON BONES. Doctor said, “Well, it’s a trade off – people who sit around on a couch don’t generally develop arthritis, but they get horrible heart disease, and vice versa. So, do you want to be the old person hobbling around with a walker, or the person in the wheelchair with an awful heart.” I voted for arthritis.
He thought I might need an x-ray, and he tapped on the bones – no pain. Then he tried to rotate my legs. “Wow – you are REALLY inflexible” he noted. It’s not arthritis, but rather the soft tissue connecting legs to hips. Tomorrow I will call to schedule my appointment with a physical therapist. For now, I’m popping (no, autocorrect, I’m not pooping) horse pills of ibuprofin before class, as well as gently doing that beginner yoga dvd.
Jiu Jiu’s Question: What pain has your sport exacerbated? What has it helped with? How do you manage your pain?